28th July 2012 - Match Reports.
Halesowen vs Barnards Green CC 1sts
|Barnards Green 3rd XI vs Cleobury Mortimer 1st XI|
BGCC 1sts made their supporters sweat again as they won another close game to gain 24 points against Halesowen. Seth Somers Park ground was the venue for this Birmingham League Div. 2 fixture. Halesowen won the toss and decided to bat.
Quami and Shauib opened the batting facing Phil Harris and Tom Poole. Poole grabbed a wicket in his first over when Shauib edged one to Andy Ford at second slip – catching it cleanly high and to his right. Moseley joined Quami and they put on 40 before Moseley was caught at mid-on by Rurawhe, for 9 in Tim Williams' only over of the day. This brought Halesowen overseas Khan to the wicket and this partnership looked dangerous. Williams cleverly changed the bowling regularly to prevent Halesowen batsmen from settling. While Andy Ford kept it tight at one end Jon Dovey joined the attack and continued his habit of dismissing key top order batsmen. Khan went first, he edged one just past the keeper for 4 then was caught behind by Brewer for 22. Then Quami was clean bowled on 48 which was a shame as he had batted well, hitting 8 fours.
This left Halesowen 88 for 4 with Griffiths and Tromans at the crease. This pair consolidated and had put on 34 when Ford grabbed the wicket of Griffiths, he was caught behind at the third attempt by keeper Brewer for 18. Harvey joined Tromans and they started to rotate the strike and accumulate the runs in mainly singles. Williams brought back Harris and he took the wicket of Tromans as he was caught by Ford at extra cover for 30. Ford got his reward for a good spell of bowling when he trapped Harvey lbw for 13, for his second wicket.
Halesowen were now 145 for 6 with Croft and D Jeavons batting. Croft looked dangerous with some big hitting and he had made 16 when he was dismissed by Harris. He middled one to square leg expecting to get another boundary when Tom Poole stuck out a hand to grab a spectacular one-handed catch. Poole returned to the attack and got his second wicket when Rhodes was out for 5, caught behind by Brewer to give the young keeper his third catch of the day. M Jeavons was the 10 wicket to fall when he was cleaned bowled first ball by Harris. D Jeavons was not out 15 as Halesowen were bowled out for 188 in the 52 over.
Adam Dovey and Mark Hopper took to the field knowing Barnards Green now had 58 overs to get 189. Rhodes and Croft opened the bowling and made it difficult for the openers. Hooper fell first caught behind for 8, this brought Josh Rurawhe in and he and Dovey made slow and steady progress. Croft got his reward for some excellent bowling as he clean bowled both Rurawhe (10) and Dovey (22) to leave the Green on 56 for 3. This soon became 61 for 5 as both Andy Ford and Jon Dovey didn't trouble the scorers. Ford was bowled by Croft then Jon Dovey became his 4 victim as he was caught behind first ball. Croft eventually finished with 4 for 44 off his 17 overs.
So Harris and Elliot Hennessy faced an uphill battle but with 34 overs left they could bide their time. Hennessy had made 11 before being clean bowled by D Jeavons – a good contribution with the partnership with Harris bringing 33. Tom Clack joined Harris and these two had also put on 33 when Clack was run out for 15, with a slight hesitation starting the second run being his downfall.
Tim Williams came in with 62 still needed and Harris reached his 50 the next ball. Halesowen's tails were up and the pressure built on the Green batsmen (and spectators!). Williams and Harris batted sensibly edging closer to the target by taking singles. Williams had reached 7 when he was dismissed by M Jeavons when Khan took a fine catch at gully. Ash Brewer came to the crease with 50 needed, he made 5 before being clean bowled by Khan.
With BGCC 148 for 9 Halesowen clearly expected to quickly win the match but with BGCC batting all the way down to 11 it was not a forgone conclusion. Harris was joined by Tom Poole and they clearly decided to attack the bowling to quickly get nearer to the total. Harris hit 18 off M Jevons' next over including 2 sixes and a four and the mood of the game changed. Confident hitting from both Harris and Poole over the next few overs put the pressure back onto Halesowen. The score had reached 185 when Poole chipped one to mid-on only for Harvey to drop the catch. The winning runs came two overs later as Harris hit Rhodes through the covers. Halesowen were desperate to claim a run out for the final wicket but the throw went past allowing a third run to be taken. Poole was not out 9 in a vital 10 wicket partnership of 41. Harris' match wining innings of 89 included 10 fours and 2 sixes. BGCC take a full 24 points from the game allowing them to move up to 3 in the league.
Halesowen vs BGCC 4ths – 28th July 2012
A very inexperienced and makeshift Green side travelled to Halesowen, looking to rely upon their bowlers to do the business in view of an obvioudsly under-strength batting line up. However, with Sam Daffin pulling up lame halfway through his second over and one of the team going to totally the wrong ground, The Green would need look to their slow bowlers if they were to salvage anything from this match.
The young, ever-smiling Zac Marsh bowled superbly to return figures of 8 overs 1 for 20 with Dave Price, an unexpected opener, playing a supporting role at the other end. Chris Freeman bowled 12 overs of controlled spin to make scoring difficult for the Halesowen batsmen but wickets were hard to come by. Andy Banks was brought into the attack to be met with an onslaught of ferocious hitting but, supported by an excellent performance behind the stumps and the safe hands of a number of his colleagues, he picked up four wickets as the home team were bowled out for 176.
This was a good all round performance in the field and should have at least given The Green a chance but once again their batting was lacking. Only veteran Steve Freeman (15) and debutante Robert Wilson (14) would get into double figures as four ducks were recorded in The Green’s pathetic total of 50 all out in the 32nd over.
On a hot and frustrating day, Green skipper Dick Brown
tackled at least three tasks too many:
Over tea an appalling prospect dawned on even the least
alert: up to 62 overs in the field, on a warm day, against a team of fit
quick-running youngsters. So Brown’s counterintuitive masterstroke was
to open with Hill and Scullion, a pair much feared around the shires in
the late 1980s but now showing signs of maturity.
Barnards Green 212 all out (38 overs) ; Anshuman 47, J Clarke 42; D Shorter 4 for 28, J Manley 4 for 62
Cleobury Mortimer 146 all out (51 overs) ; J Manley 44*, T Redfern 37